A few quick roadtrip mods

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A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby Lord Velveeta - July 30th, 2016, 8:05 pm

Heading to Colorado next week to meet up with friends for a "Dark Skies" astronomy weekend. Closest motels are a good 20 mins drive away so we'll all be camping on site. I decided I want to sleep in my Escape so I'll set up as a 1 person "camper". A small mattress in the back, nylon tarp and poles to make a lean-to behind the back door, and those little mod:

Magnetic bug screens for the rear window and one side window to have some good bug free ventilation at night.

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And black foam core panels to "black out" all the windows for privacy

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I'll still bring a small tent just in case, but I like the simplicity of this set-up and hope I won't need to pitch it.

Pat
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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby Charles - July 30th, 2016, 8:10 pm

Neat mod!!! :thumb:

Thanks for sharing!!! :yes:
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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby MadMax - July 30th, 2016, 10:07 pm

Very cool mod :thumb:
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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby Kurochan - July 30th, 2016, 11:46 pm

Awesome indeed!
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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby feh2goup - July 31st, 2016, 1:01 am

Having slept in my Escape several times, I appreciate these clever pieces. Not as elegant, but a door window or rear hatch screen can be made simply by lowering a window or opening the glass hatch, draping bug netting over the door or hatch frame, and closing the door against the netting. But it's a hassle if you use the door.

Keeping cool and bugs out wasn't a problem for me. The problem was keeping warm as it went below freezing.

How do you arrange the cargo and rear seat area for sleeping?
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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby Lord Velveeta - July 31st, 2016, 3:25 pm

Thanks Kurochan, MadMax & Charles!

Thanks feh2goup, the front passenger seat moved all the way up, rear right seat removed, rear seatbacks lowered flat. Thermarest camping mattress + sleeping bag on the passenger side. All my junk on the drivers side. I'll take some pics next weekend and post them here.

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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby Lord Velveeta - August 14th, 2016, 12:22 am

Well, I'm back home and had a really great 13 days road trip. I went to Colorado, New-Mexico, Utah and obviously everything between there and Montreal.

Here is my Camping setup for the few days I spent at the "Colorado Springs Astronomical Society" wilderness dark site for a real cool astronomy weekend.

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It was super comfortable and very easy to set up. I preferred it to having to set up my tent and then schlepping a wet tent in my trunk.

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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby Kurochan - August 14th, 2016, 3:17 am

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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby Half Assed - August 17th, 2016, 12:19 am

This is the 3 or 4th time I have seen someone using magnetic bug netting. I wish I would have thought to make some before my last trip, but live and learn.
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Re: A few quick roadtrip mods

Postby stone - August 18th, 2016, 2:50 pm

`I like the magnetic bug screen. :)
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